Pekan Food

The ‘Real’ Hidden Café’ in Old town

by Anne Das

Venturing through the enchanting streets of Old Town Ipoh, it’s easy to be captivated by the vibrant colours and nostalgic charm of Concubine Lane. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of this popular tourist area, lies a hidden restaurant that often goes unnoticed—Pekan Food Cafe. Tucked away behind the allure of ‘Wife Street’, this unassuming eatery is waiting to be discovered by those with a taste for adventure.

My colleagues and  I were intrigued by the whispers of Pekan Food’s existence, hidden in the maze of narrow alleys. The thrill of the unknown beckoned us to explore further. It was clear that this was a place that required a keen eye and a sense of adventure to uncover.

Stepping inside, we were enveloped in a cosy ambiance that welcomed us with open arms. The earth tones and rustic decor created a warm and inviting atmosphere, totally opposite from the bustling streets of Kong Heng Square to a tranquil den of a foodie’s delight. It became evident that Pekan Food Cafe had mastered the art of creating a haven of relaxation and comfort, far removed from the chaotic energy of the surrounding area.

Pekan Food  Signature ` Salted Egg Chicken Burger`

What sets Pekan Food Ipoh apart is its ability to seamlessly blend Western and local flavours into a medley of taste sensations. The menu boasts an impressive selection of dishes that cater to a variety of palates. From Salmon & Egg  Fried Rice, to their creamy signature Salted Egg Chicken Burger and a selection of pastas, there is something to please almost every discerning palate.

Yummy Chicken Breast Spaghetti Aglio Olio

They serve a daily set lunch menu where you can expect dishes such as Prawn & Egg fried rice ( RM16.9), Chicken Breast Spaghetti Aglio Olio (RM19.9) and Hawaiian Chicken Burger (17.9)  just to name a few. Otherwise, there are also snacks, main courses and pizzas on the all-day menu.

Dulang Sharing Platter : It’s a sharing plate for 2 or 4 people (RM29.9/ RM86.9)

We then discovered a treat that truly exemplified Pekan Food ‘s creativity— their Freak Shakes! These awe-inspiring milkshakes are available exclusively for dine-in patrons and offer a whimsical twist on a classic treat. One particular standout was the Cotton & Candy Shake (RM 22.9), a sight to behold. Adorned with a chunky colourful lollipop, whipped cream, and a cloud of cotton candy, it not only delighted the taste buds but also provided an irresistible photo opportunity. Other enticing options such as the Cookies and Cream Shake and the rich Chocolate Shake rounded out the menu, promising indulgence with every sip.

Instagram worthy Shot of the Freak Cotton & Candy Shake which tastes as good as it looks!

It’s no surprise that Pekan Food is becoming a popular haunt among the young and trendy crowd of Ipoh. The allure of this cafe lies not only in its delectable offerings but also of its attentive staff, cosy ambiance combined to create an experience that is remembered.

The mocktails are an interesting lot too, with the likes of some locally inspired flavours like  Passion Peach Spritz, Lime Mint Spritz,  Rose Lychee Spritz & Grapefruit and Yuzu (RM 12.9 each )

Good News Ipoh Folks!! Pekan Food is offering a 10% discount for dine-in’s,

(June 11 to July 11)  for a month! Use promocode when making an order.


Gorgeous Whole cakes and slices available for parties & birthdays.

Pekan Food may be easy to miss amidst the vibrant charm of Concubine Lane. However, for those with a discerning eye and a spirit of adventure, this charming spot is well worth the search. Don’t be deterred by its elusive nature; instead, embrace the excitement of trying out something new.

Address         : No. 3 & 5, Lintasan Market 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Operating Hours :
Open every day –  Sunday to Thursday (12pm to 10pm)
Fridays &  Saturdays (12 pm to 11.30pm)
Contact          : 011-1239 9392


This Café is Pork Free, Muslim Friendly & a dedicated surau is also  available for patrons on the  first floor.

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